IBDAShidoshi Master Council
This IBDA Council assures you that the International Bujinkan Dojo Association and the Bujinkan teachings it represents will outlive anyone training in the art today.
Master Richard J. Van Donk
“Always have the courage to live what you love and to love what you live”
Master Richard Van Donk’s Martial Arts Profile
Master Richard J. Van Donk is the Founder of the International Bujinkan Dojo Association (and the former American Bujinkan Dojos) teaching the Ninja, Ninjutsu, Ninpo Taijutsu, and Budo Taijutsu Bujinkan arts of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Master Van Donk also founded Bushindo Martial Arts University to further promote several martial arts disciplines and teachings that will help people to become better human beings and to explore Warriorship with Heart. Both International Dojo Headquarters are now located in Middletown, (Northern) California, U.S.A.
Richard started formal martial arts training at the age of 17, informal at age 11. Richard who has studied the Bujinkan arts since 1981 is now one of the senior Bujinkan Ninjutsu Shidoshi (Instructors) outside of Japan; holding a 9th Dan in Ninpo Taijutsu (highest possible) / 15th dan in Budo Taijutsu (highest possible) and Shin Gi Tai Certification from Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, of whom he is a personal student.
LINDA VAN DONK
SHIHAN 15TH DAN
CO-FOUNDER OF IBDA
Shihan Linda Van Donk’s Martial Arts Profile
Linda started martial arts in High School when she joined a fencing class. She loved the foil for its quickness and that it was as demanding for her mind as it was for her body. Linda, a Senior Shihan Shidoshi (15th dan) is the Director of Training for the American Bujinkan Dojos.
Linda Van Donk is the Co-Director of Bushindo Martial Arts University operating world wide in over 120 countries with its International Dojo Headquarters in Middletown, (Northern) California, U.S.A. Linda earned a degree in cultural & physical Anthropology. She is a film producer of over 40 martial arts and self improvement titles as well as the senior editor for Bushindo University Publications. She is the director of the American Bujinkan Dojo and President of Bushindo Inc.
IBDA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I grew up in Michigan with a great love for the outdoors and Martial arts. When I wasn’t out roaming through the woods or boating on the lakes, I was reading any martial arts book that I could find. I took my first Martial Arts class at age15 and was hooked. I studied Tae Kwon Do for 22 years from that first day, and made many lifelong friends in many different organizations.
I met Shihan Richard and Linda Van Donk for the first time at the IBDA Tai Kai in 2003 after training many years with IBDA Shihan Jeff Davis. They welcomed me into the IBDA world with open arms. What a mind-blowing event that was for me (as each one has been since). The instructors broke down concepts, drills, and techniques into easy-to-understand little bits I could use. Not only that, but the feeling of being one of the IBDA family was amazing; I could go up to anyone, regardless of their rank, and train. This spurred my desire to grow even more, and I knew this was my home.
IBDA ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
I have been studying martial arts for 36 years basically being fascinated by it and becoming addicted to it at an early age, and tried to study everything that I could. In the early years of my training, studying different arts and systems at the same time was heavily frowned upon at almost every dojo, so my thirst and curiosity for knowledge of different martial arts styles and systems has gotten me into a lot of trouble with different instructors.
SHIHAN JUDAN (11th Dan)
IBDA EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR
Shihan James Clum is instructor of Azusa Bujinkan Dojo. He began studying martial arts when he was 13 years old in the 1980’s. At 17 he moved away to California and began to study Hapkido, and after many years has earned a 5th degree black belt (godan) in this art. Over the years he also learned Jujitsu earning a fourth degree black belt (yondan) in the American Jujitsu Federation and a third degree black belt (sandan) in Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu. In addition he has spent 7 years learning Aikido earning a 2nd degree black belt (nidan). He has continued training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu from 2001 until the present. He considers Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Aikijutsu the main arts that he practices. His first and primary teachers are Shihan Richard Van Donk and Soke Masaaki Hatsumi.
SHIDOSHI 8TH DAN
IBDA ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
In 1997, I began training in the art of Ninjutsu/Budo Taijutsu under Master Richard Van Donk and finally found what I have been looking for all this time. It is an art that encompasses all of the things I could ever look for and one that grows with me. When I first met Shihan Richard Van Donk he greeted me with open arms and treated me like a lifelong friend. There was no ego or attitude, only the desire to help me on my path. I currently hold an 8th Degree Black Belt in Budo Taijutsu and title of Shidoshi. I am very proud to be a personal student under Shihan Richard Van Donk.
SHIDOSHI 8TH DAN
IBDA ASST. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Discovering Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and learning through the IBDA, has changed me for the better which has allowed me to empower my life. I have built truly valuable life long relationships with inspiring friends and teachers. I absolutely love training and studying the way, or the path. I enjoy investigating history, healing systems, esoteric teachings, meditation, economy of motion, the secrets of the masters and human nature; both my own and how other interact within this world.
My choice to train under Shihans Richard and Linda Van Donk has proven invaluable and means more to me then I can write here. I deeply value the lessons learned from them, both on and off the mat.
SHIDOSHI 5TH DAN
IBDA COUNCIL ADVISOR
My Interest in Japanese Martial arts began as a child when I was first introduced to HatsumiSoke, and the Bujinkan, by way of Sensei’s early English-translation books.
Hatsumi Sensei’s anecdotal writings on the history of Ninjutsu profoundly piqued my interest, and later, in 2005, I began to study BudoTaijutsu. The following year I met Linda and Richard Van DonkShihanand began training at their dojo. I first traveled to Japan for training in the autumn of 2006, when I visited there together with IBDA to attend Daikomyosai. Training in the Japanese dojos during that first visit was highly inspirational, leading me to return to Japan the following two years, and to spend a year living in Japan between 2009 and 2010. During thattime I also began to study the Japanese language. Today my studies of both Budo and Japanese continue, and I divide my time accordingly between my home state of California and Japan.I am very thankful for the opportunity granted to me to study together with Soke, the Japanese Shihan, Linda and Richard Van DonkShihan, and many other teachers and budoka from around the world.